Well, well. An entire week. Which just happens to coincide with the end
of the month, this time.
Did a little work on the network configuration, aimed at making things
more stable in the DMZ (the area between the Internet modem/router
(polaris) and the inside gateway/router (stargate)). In particular, I got
rid of an obsolete DHCP reservation for cygnus, that was conflicting with
stargate's static IP address. Gleep! No wonder stargate's WiFi dropped
out every so often.
Also for computer geeks: I got Colleen a 7" tablet. It's a Jazz, on sale
at Office Depot for $70. Markedly inferior to my Nexus 7, but it does
what she wants it to: web browsing and email. The only problem right now
is printing; that's going to require setting up Google cloudprint. Which
is kind of stupid for talking to a CUPS printer, but...
I *finally* got autoraise back -- turns out that the compiz window manager
doesn't actually listen to the desktop config items anymore; Ubuntu has
hacked them up to accomodate the Unity desktop. Which is Unbearable.
A number of other geeky items that I ordered during the last week dribbled in,
including a case and USB-OTG cable for the Nexus, a really tiny
32-GB USB drive, a couple of uSD cards and adapters (16- and 32-GB), and a
couple of other items that suggest that I probably need to stay off of
Amazon for a while.
We got Chaos a microwave oven (hers had died). Colleen got the amethyst
necklace she'd commissioned at Orycon -- this involved a trip to Wayward.
Moving on, ... I don't really like the way my weight has been going. I
think that much of the recent increase was due to going off my diuretic.
It was an interesting experiment, but my BP's on the high edge of normal
right now; it may be worthwhile going back on the meds.
Of course, my BP would probably go down if I lost 30 poumds, too. Which
would be better for me in other ways as well.
The last time I successfully lost weight was my senior year in college.
Over 40 years ago.
Humph. One of the things I really like about commuting by bus is that it
gives me time to read. I'm not a particularly fast reader, a trait which
is better adapted to poetry than to novels. I am, nevertheless, reading
two books right now. The one on my Nexus (via Kindle) is Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking by
E. Gabriella Coleman -- an anthropologist's view of hacker culture.
The other, on my phone from Gutenberg via Cool Reader, is Pride and
Prejudice, which has been highly recommended to me but was
something I was always leery of. It's... ok, I guess. Perhaps someone
more familiar with the genre could tell me whether it's meant to be funny
-- there's an undercurrent of what appears to be wry amusement on the part
of the author. Perhaps one problem is simply the lack of characters I can
easily identify with. I'm curious, but not involved.
Anyway... details in the notes, as usual. I should probably try to get
back on a twice/week schedule, shouldn't I?
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